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It’s a fact, stress is ubiquitous in today’s world. However, it shouldn’t be part of your holiday plans.
Many of us begin to dream about the warm days of summer holidays a number of months beforehand. This time of joy and rest is the ultimate reward for those who work, making us impatient with anticipation. When the time comes, we head for a sunny destination or the comforts of home to enjoy the peaceful tranquility we yearn for throughout the year. However, what happens when holiday peace of mind turns to worry—and stress?
Bottlenecks, tight deadlines, schedule overloads, and work-related irritants are not the only things that cause stress for the modern human. Oftentimes, even happy events—travel, moving, marriage, births, etc.—are just as stressful, as they combine two well-known stress factors: the unknown and unpredictability.
Several elements can be a source of stress during summer holidays, for instance, apprehension or concern associated to:
Although summer holidays are a great opportunity to break with routine and to get out of your comfort zone, it can also be a good thing to respect your boundaries. It's pointless to add stress by planning activities that dishearten or frighten you. It's up to you to find a balance between your adventurous and your cautious side.
Many people start their summer holidays with accumulated fatigue and stress, and sometimes even with a feeling of exhaustion. This feeling is often due to prolonged exposure to significant pressure to perform. The demands of daily life and work are combined over several months, leaving the impression that you are at the end of your rope. During summer holidays, you can choose to set aside the quest for performance and perfection! From this perspective:
Some health issues can occur during summer holidays. Sunburns or heatstrokes, insect stings, motion sickness, minor wounds, swimmer's ear—there are plenty of reasons for concern! Not to mention apprehensions about accidents or serious injuries (fractures, head injuries, drowning, etc.). It can be tempting to consider the worst case scenarios, which often leads to a lot of unnecessary stress.
It's undoubtedly a better idea to prepare for certain contingencies for a quick response. Then, it's important to free your mind to enjoy a peaceful summer holiday. Here is some advice on the subject:
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